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Cuckoo Trail

23 km / 14 miles

E Sussex
The Trail, following the line of a former railway which was in use until the 1960s, goes from Heathfield to Hampden Park, via Hailsham and Polegate. It takes in Hellingly and Horam through rolling countryside. South of Hailsham much of the route is suburban or close to busy roads and it is a multi-user trail for walkers, cyclists (National Cycleway 21) and (in part) horse-riders.

There is a link with the Sussex Diamond Way at Heathfield and the Wealdway passes close by near to Hellingly. South of Polegate the 1066 Country Way is crossed.

Opened in 1880, the Cuckoo Line was the Polegate to Eridge railway, carrying milk, livestock and animal feed as well as passengers. It was named the Cuckoo Line after the tradition that the first cuckoo of spring was heard at Heathfield Fair. Although it was a busy line it eventually closed due to the cuts made by Dr Beeching in 1968.


Details:

Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark
Cuckoo above named sign
Attributes
Easy; Former Railway; Cycle Route
Start
TQ581215 - Heathfield, E Sussex
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Finish
TQ617026 - Hampden Park, E Sussex
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Open Date
1990

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External PDF
Cuckoo Trail (East Sussex County Council - 2018)
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Experience Sussex  (bookable online)
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Longleys Farm Cottage  (bookable online)
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14 Km
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The Langtons Guest House  (bookable online)
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23 Km
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Beamsley Lodge  (bookable online)
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Ebor Lodge  (bookable online)
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Bay Lodge Guest House  (bookable online)
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23 Km
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Fisherman's Tom Thumb Cottages  (bookable online)
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Devonia  (bookable online)
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East Beach Hotel  (bookable online)
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Best Western York House Hotel  (bookable online)
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Iverna  (bookable online)
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23 Km
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Shore View Hotel  (bookable online)
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Marine Parade Hotel  (bookable online)
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Savoy Court Hotel  (bookable online)
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The Royal  (bookable online)
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The Guesthouse East  (bookable online)
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The Sheldon B&B  (bookable online)
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The Mowbray  (bookable online)
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Courtlands Hotel  (bookable online)
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New Wilmington Hotel  (bookable online)
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Southcroft Guest House  (bookable online)
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Downloads:

GPX Route File
Cuckoo Trail GPX Exchange Format Route File
Last Updated 07/09/2018 09:45:27 - New Leaflet Available (2018)
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MemoryMap Route File
Cuckoo Trail Memory Map Route File
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Tracklogs Route File
Cuckoo Trail Tracklogs Route file
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Route Profile:

22.1 Km (13.7 miles)
104 m (341 ft) ascent
153 m (502 ft)  maximum height